The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: The following is a compilation of several views of the monetary reform symbolism used by L. Interpretations vary, particularly on the lesser figures, but this will give the readers good reference points to begin their consideration of the matter. Was the symbolism consciously or subconsciously employed?
Danielle and I worked together to try and incorporate as many subtle links between Populism and the Wizard of Oz as we could without directly revealing the two to be related. Danielle and I co-taught the final two lessons of the unit and led entire class discussions which aimed to have students synthesize previously learned information in order to better understand content taught in both social studies and language arts.
Students were given a quiz that asked them to connect the characters from the Wizard of Oz to the characters they were supposed to represent during the rise of Populism in the United States.
The preceding images are of my students and I dressed as characters from the Wizard of Oz on the final day of the unit. I chose these images because they are an illustration of integrative, meaningful, value-based social studies lessons challenge students to engage in higher order thinking skills.
Students learned how to analyze and synthesize information from images as well as text. Their understanding of the content was assessed through both writing assignments and more visual based assignments that allow students with varying strengths and weaknesses the ability the chance to play to their strengths as well as develop their weaknesses.
These images represent the kind of higher order thinking skills such as evaluating content, applying previously learned information, and analyzing images that are necessary in developing powerful social studies lessons and developing skills students will need for the rest of their lives, both inside and outside of the classroom.Populism and the Wizard of OZ The Wizard of OZ is an allegory some say, written by Frank Baum during the turnoff the 20th Century.
There are many people who have made numerous comparisons between the political climate of the time, the characters and themes of the book.
The Wizard of Oz: Parable on Populism Author(s): Henry M. Littlefield Source: American Quarterly, Vol. 16, No. 1 (Spring, ), pp. Published by: The Johns Hopkins University Press.
The idea of using the Wizard of Oz as an allegory on populism was first originated by Henry Littlefield in It has been used, embellished, and expanded on over the decades but remains an effective tool to help students understand, appreciate, and remember the key issues of this.
Littlefield explained that found that The Wizard of Oz was an effective means to teach his students about Populism and the election because the Baum’s imagery was so vivid and so easily attributable to the personalities and events of that period in history. Nov 20, · The original book edition of 'The Wizard of Oz' and the Populist Party of late 19th century American history are similar in their concern for the ordinary, hardworking farmer of the.
The Story Behind The Wonderful Wizard of Oz [a parable about populism, money reform, and the s Midwestern political movement led by William Jennings Bryan ].